This Saturday, Invicta FC presents another very promising card from top to bottom with the usual formula of established veterans and under-the-radar prospects that have a lot of promise. This card has two title fights on it with some of the very best that the organization has to offer on deck, as well.
The co-main event is the strawweight champion Livia Renata Souza taking on UFC veteran Angela Hill in a fight that has very little possibility of being an unexciting bout. Souza continues to defy expectations after using her superior grappling to take the title from former champion Katja Kankaanpää, whom she defeated via triangle choke submission, to brutal TKO win against challenger DeAnna Bennet in January. Her fights under the Invicta banner have been gutsy performances, and she continues to look improved between fights both in athleticism and technique.
Angela Hill found herself being released by the UFC after being a contestant on the 20th season of The Ultimate Fighter. She had previously been undefeated as a kickboxer at 16-0, and only 1-0 in MMA. After formally joining the organization she notched a win in her UFC debut against Emily Kagan in a dominant decision win. She then lost two consecutive bouts against Tecia Torres by unanimous decision as well as Rose Namajunas by submission. Having dropped to 1-2, she was released and found new life in Invicta by quickly and violently dispatching former Judoka Alida Grey and knocking out former title challenger Stephanie Eggink.
Hill still is at a disadvantage on the ground, because Souza is very legitimate as a grappler. Souza also uses her reach very effectively and hits hard while coming forward the whole way. On the other hand, Hill is fearless and will likely look to weave her way in to work from the inside for the big shot. This one ends in a finish and won't be a disappointment.
The main event is for the bantamweight championship, and has Tonya Evinger defending her title against veteran Colleen Schneider. Schneider has had a lot of ups and downs in her career, losing to some very respectable opponents early on. She's currently on a four-fight win streak she's amassed on the international circuit, and has worked on her clinch game and her outside striking. Evinger is on an eight-fight win streak and has decimated some of the most talented prospects to grace the Invicta cage in Pannie Kianzad and Irene Aldana. Evinger has been making her wins look easy against great opposition, implementing her wrestling and submission game, while also working diligently on her striking, which is looking more slick and fluid every time. Evinger is one of the best resurgence stories in MMA right now, almost on the level of a late-stage Mark Hunt or Robbie Lawler, and her fights are some of the best women's MMA out there. This entire event has plenty for fans and has the makings of yet another great card.
Full card is as follows:
Bantamweight Tonya Evinger (C) vs. Colleen Schneider
Strawweight - Livia Renata Souza (C) vs. Angela Hill
Strawweight - Kaline Medeiros vs. Aline Serio
Featherweight - Latoya Walker vs. Charmaine Tweet
Featherweight - Amanda Bell vs. Megan Anderson
Flyweight - Christine Stanley vs.Shannon Sinn
Flyweight - Rachael Ostovich vs. Ariel Beck
Bantamweight - Laura Howarth vs. Alexa Conners
Invicta FC 17: Evinger vs Schneider takes place from the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa, CA. It will be streaming live on UFC Fight Pass.